© 2019 Maria F. Nava 

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EL SANTO

FOR THE MET - NEW YORK

INSPIRED IN KAWAKUBO'S ICONIC STYLE. DISSECTING HER DESIGN VALUES AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CONCEPT OF "LUCHADOR". 

Project and garment prototype selected to be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the motive of celebrating "Art of the In-between, Rei Kawakubo" exhibition.

This competition, judged by Andrew Bolton, only showcased 5 undergraduate designers from among the top universities across the country (US). 

Kawakubo experiments with established notions of function and beauty and redefines them. 

 

A "Luchador" traditional outfit, is worn by a male figure. It represents strength and power. The main purpose of this garment is to allow the wrestler

to freely move across the ring in order to defeat the opponent. 

 

I decided to defeat these purposes by making the garment extremely feminine, worn by a female figure and by exaggerating the volume and proportion

in vital parts of the body that will make the movement difficult, especially in waistband and legs areas.